K&C Sports & Entertainment Law Weekly Roundup - April 2024

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  • The NCAA and the Power 5 conferences have told a CA federal judge that the “highly varied and diverse ways” schools compensated athletes after the 2021 Alston Supreme Court decision make it implausible to certify the class suing for past compensation — saying plaintiffs have chosen to “simply ignore all of this complexity.” The proposed class, led by former Oklahoma State University football player Chuba Hubbard, is seeking certification for tens of thousands of former college athletes who claim they were denied hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from the years before and after the Alston ruling overturned the NCAA ban on such awards. NCAA Argues Certification Of Alston Payout Class Too Complex – Law360



  • Police are searching for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice in their investigation of a major accident in Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News. Citing law enforcement officials, the Dallas Morning News reported that a vehicle that is believed to be registered to or leased to Rice was involved in a crash in northeast Dallas at around 6:20 p.m. local time Saturday. Report: Police searching for Rashee Rice due to major accident – ESPN


  • NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has dropped his WI federal court lawsuit against luxury bed-maker Maree Inc., which he had accused of fraudulently scheming to mislead customers into thinking he had endorsed its products when he had not. NBA Pro Antetokounmpo Lays Suit Against Bed-Maker To Rest – Law360
  • Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is no longer selling his controlling stake in the franchise to minority owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, he announced. Taylor alleges Lore and Rodriguez failed to meet certain contractual deadlines and obligations of the sale process, which began in 2021. Sources told ESPN that the relationship between Taylor and his successors — Lore and Rodriguez — disintegrated over the past two years. Timberwolves owner not selling stake to Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore – ESPN
  • Plans for a proposed $2 billion sports and entertainment district that would have seen two professional DC sports teams — basketball’s Washington Wizards and hockey’s Washington Capitals — move to Virginia have been shelved after the state’s governor and legislature failed to agree on terms for the project. DC’s NBA, NHL Teams Won’t Move to Virginia After Talks Break Down – Bloomberg





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